Ten Artful Home Accents

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The mirror adds just the right accent to this wooden stairway.
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The mirror adds just the right accent to this wooden stairway.
Whether your home is traditional or modern, filled with cutesy clutter or pared down to the basics, the right accents can really personalise a space. Here are ten pieces that define any home, no matter your style.
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Modern chandelier

Very similar to a pricy option at Serena and Lily, a  beaded pendant light brings a touch of Malibu luxe to any room (living, dining or even a bedroom).
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Big modern planter

You're looking for  chunky but sleek, if that's not a contradiction: solid, clean shape and construction, but maybe a cool colour like grass green or gunmetal grey. Fill that guy with a  fiddle-leaf fig or a shiny  succulent, of course.
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Retro music poster

I recently sourced a vintage  Police album cover for a client. Other bands whose aesthetic doesn't age but will surprise your guests with its coolness and wit:  Talking HeadsVampire WeekendElvis Costello.
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Something to hold other things

Try a humble, hippie-ish  bolga basket or something more  Danish and modern. Fill it with treasures small or large... or go crazy and leave that baby empty, just a beautiful vessel.
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Cosy throw blanket

Go classic with a  Pendleton (but know that they are kind of scratchy). Or try a Peruvian version; they're made of alpaca and much softer.
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Some kind of words

Marquee lights are very trendy right now, but that's no reason to shun them completely. (Try a name or an inside joke.)  Neon gives a similar throwback style (but no beer signs, please!) and instead of in your man cave, put it in an otherwise light and girly space.
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Giant tote bag

Look for a vintage LL Bean "boat and tote"  bag. (Somebody else's monogram is fine—cool even.) Use it to corral magazines and newspapers around the house; then just pick it up by those sturdy handles for a picnic or an excursion to the beach.
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Something old

This might be a  vintage roll-top desk or an antique  wooden trunk. (The more beaten-up, the better.) A patina-ed dresser or a rocking chair meant for the smaller proportions of an earlier time. A found antler or artful piece of wood (DIY fans: spray paint with glossy white for a cleaner feel).
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A pretty mirror

Mirrors add light and dimension to a room—plus they're great decorative elements in their own right. Try a  Moroccan style, or search for an inlay design (especially pretty in white-on-white or light grey and white). For a more industrial feeling look for a less polished wooden frame to lean against a wall.
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A leather club chair

This might be  tufted (at right); if that's the case, go sleeker and lighter with the surrounding pieces. Or you could try a modern, even coloured leather version, for a more contemporary vibe. Just don't go over the top with the 1980s look.

Written by: bluelocket
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